they do a medley of "Single", "Favorite Girl", and "The Right Stuff".
Third Eye Blind Opens Up With Indaba
September 23, 2008 , 3:10 PM ET
By BEN NUCKOLS , Associated Press
September 30, 2008
BALTIMORE - Blind people quarantined in a mental asylum, attacking each other, soiling themselves, trading sex for food. For Marc Maurer, who's blind, such a scenario — as shown in the movie "Blindness" — is not a clever allegory for a breakdown in society.
Instead, it's an offensive and chilling depiction that Maurer fears could undermine efforts to integrate blind people into the mainstream.
"The movie portrays blind people as monsters, and I believe it to be a lie," said Maurer, president of the Baltimore-based National Federation of the Blind. "Blindness doesn't turn decent people into monsters."
Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo portraying blind "monsters" in feature film "Blindness"
The organization plans to protest the movie, released by Miramax Films, at 75 theaters around the country when it's released Friday. Blind people and their allies will hand out fliers and carry signs. Among the slogans: "I'm not an actor. But I play a blind person in real life."
The movie reinforces inaccurate stereotypes, including that the blind cannot care for themselves and are perpetually disoriented, according to the NFB.
"We face a 70 percent unemployment rate and other social problems because people don't think we can do anything, and this movie is not going to help — at all," said Christopher Danielsen, a spokesman for the organization.
"Blindness" director Fernando Meirelles, an Academy Award nominee for "City of God," was shooting on location Thursday and unavailable for comment, according to Miramax. The studio released a statement that read, in part, "We are saddened to learn that the National Federation of the Blind plans to protest the film `Blindness.'"
The NFB began planning the protests after seven staffers, including Danielsen, attended a screening of the movie in Baltimore last week. The group included three sighted employees.
"Everybody was offended," Danielsen said.
Based on the 1995 novel by Nobel Prize winner Jose Saramago, "Blindness" imagines a mysterious epidemic that causes people to see nothing but fuzzy white light — resulting in a collapse of the social order in an unnamed city. Julianne Moore stars as the wife of an eye doctor (Mark Ruffalo) who loses his sight; she feigns blindness to stay with her husband and eventually leads a revolt of the quarantined patients.
The book was praised for its use of blindness as a metaphor for the lack of clear communication and respect for human dignity in modern society.
Miramax said in its statement that Meirelles had "worked diligently to preserve the intent and resonance of the acclaimed book," which it described as "a courageous parable about the triumph of the human spirit when civilization breaks down."
Maurer will have none of it.
"I think that failing to understand each other is a significant problem," he said. "I think that portraying it as associated with blindness is just incorrect."
The protest will include pickets at theaters in at least 21 states, some with dozens of participants, timed to coincide with evening showtimes. Maurer said it would be the largest protest in the 68-year history of the NFB, which has 50,000 members and works to improve blind people's lives through advocacy, education and other ways.
The film was the opening-night entry at the Cannes Film Festival, where many critics were unimpressed.
After Cannes, Meirelles retooled the film, removing a voice-over that some critics felt spelled out its themes too explicitly.
Meirelles told The Associated Press at Cannes that the film draws parallels to such disasters as Hurricane Katrina, the global food shortage and the cyclone in Myanmar.
"There are different kinds of blindness. There's 2 billion people that are starving in the world," Meirelles said. "This is happening. It doesn't need a catastrophe. It's happening, and because there isn't an event like Katrina, we don't see."
Katy Perry attends the Bulgari store opening on Georges V Avenue in Paris, France, on Tuesday (September 30).
If you haven't seen the video for her latest single, Hot n Cold, then click here to check it out.
In the video she plays a bride who chases her soon-to-be-husband around town after he gets second thoughts on marrying her.( Collapse )
She’s become quite a big deal in a short period of time thanks to her hit CW show “90210.” But Shenae Grimes is still just a regular girl who loves to shop.
And yesterday (September 30), she grabbed a few gal pals and headed over to Third Street in Los Angeles to spend up some of her hard-earned Hollywood salary.
Taking a break from her massively successful Sticky and Sweet tour, Madonna was spotted taking her adopted Malawian son David Banda to a Kabbalah worship service last night in New York City.
And Madge made sure her little guy fit in with the rest of the crowd, placing a yarmulke on his head before going inside the temple.
Joined by producer Guy Oseary, the “Material Girl” songstress looked quite proper in a floral print dress underneath a black open-weave full-length duster sweater with vintage heels.
Madonna has always been forthright with her intentions to raise little David in the Kabbalah faith, though she says he’s free to worship as he chooses once he’s a bit older. She told press, “If David decides he wants to be a Christian, then so be it.”
Von Teese paid a visit to Winehouse's London home for an intimate two-hour show and was impressed with what she heard.
She says, "I will never forget the time I went to Amy's house and she sang and played guitar for me, my mother and sisters. She is our era's Billie Holiday."
But the 35 year old is concerned that the singer's personal troubles mirror those which destroyed her heroine, Holiday, who died at 44 from cirrhosis of the liver.
Von Teese adds, "I listen to a lot of music from the 30s and 40s, but Amy Winehouse is the most important and interesting vocalist of the modern era. Unfortunately, it seems that she is also following in the same footsteps as Billie - with genuine angst, drama and drug addiction."
The committee adopted a motion Wednesday calling for the vote, saying it "is necessary to overcome the employers' intransigence."
None other than silver-screen legend Shirley MacLaine will be presenting Kidman with her award at the upcoming VIP gala.
The 15th annual festivities taking place Oct. 6 in Beverly Hills will honor eight of the movie business' most powerful and celebrated women.
Along with MacLaine, I've also learned that Courteney Cox will present to Isla Fisher, while Mía Maestro will do the same for her best friend, Salma Hayek. Jane Fonda's tribute will come from Kerry Washington, her costar from the New York City reading of Eve Ensler's play Necessary Targets.
The event's host will be E!'s very own funnylady,.
Also being honored are Halle Berry, Sigourney Weaver, Anne Hathaway and . Their presenters have not been announced.
The night will also mark the release of The Allure of Beauty: Women in Hollywood, a photography book collaboration between Elle and famed Italian jeweler Roberto Coin featuring iconic images of Hollywood's leadings ladies, including , Julia Roberts, Cameron Diaz and Demi Moore, among many others.
In one of the latest PSAs encouraging people to vote, celebrities use reverse psychology and tell us “DON’T VOTE!”
Look for appearances by Amy Adams, Tatyana Ali, will.i.am, Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Bacon, Maria Bello, Halle Berry, Selma Blair, Kate Bosworth, Kevin Connolly, Courteney Cox, Ellen DeGeneres, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jaime Foxx, Jonah Hill, Djimon Hounsou, Dustin Hoffman, Anthony Kiedis, Ashton Kutcher, Adam Levine, Laura Linney, Eva Longoria, Tobey Maguire, Demi Moore, Esai Morales, Natalie Portman, Giovanni Ribisi, Sarah Silverman, Ethan Suplee, Kyra Sedgwick, Michelle Trachtenberg, Usher, and Forest Whitaker. Don’t Vote. Ya Heard?
To register to vote or to learn how to vote early, visit DeclareYourself.com. For voting locations, visit Maps.Google.com/Vote.
jonah hill made me lol. but dustin hoffman is the best
Jessica Alba channels her inner-Hannibal Lecter with a muzzled mask in the newest image in Declare Yourself’s provocative campaign to compel young people to register and vote rather than “silencing themselves.” (She also appeared in a gag and bindings in last month’s campaign.)( Collapse )</div>